10AM Sunday 6/30/2019 – “Afflictions of the Gospel” 2Timothy 1
Paul could rightfully speak of afflictions because he endured many by the hands of the enemies of the Gospel of God. With Paul these afflictions took the form of beatings, imprisonments, shipwreck; dangers in the city, the wilderness, at sea; and among false brethren; also hunger, thirst, cold and nakedness. In Western civilization today our afflictions are of a different nature. But in most of the world our brothers suffer the same as then. Paul writes to Timothy, and Christians everywhere; “Accept your suffering in the strength of the Holy Spirit, for the sake of the Gospel.” Paul was writing during a time of great persecution, and Timothy would suffer greatly as a Christian. God’s Word teaches us that we must also experience affliction; and by it, we will learn Christian discipline. The seed of God’s Word has been planted in us, but that seed must grow. And the best soil for spiritual growth is affliction. Accept it with the power of God, and share the Gospel with those who persecute you.